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Skills available for Wisconsin eighth-grade science standards

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SCI.SEP1 Students ask questions and define problems, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

SCI.SEP2 Students develop and use models, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

  • SCI.SEP2.A Developing Models

    • SCI.SEP2.A.m Students develop, use, and revise models to describe, test, and predict more abstract phenomena and design systems. This includes the following:

      • SCI.SEP2.A.m.1 Evaluate limitations of a model for a proposed object or tool.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.m.2 Develop or modify a model—based on evidence—to match what happens if a variable or component of a system is changed.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.m.3 Use and develop a model of simple systems with uncertain and less predictable factors.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.m.4 Develop and/or revise a model to show the relationships among variables, including those that are not observable but predict observable phenomena.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.m.5 Develop and use a model to predict and describe phenomena.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.m.6 Develop a model to describe unobservable mechanisms.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.m.7 Develop and use a model to generate data to test ideas about phenomena in natural or designed systems, including those representing inputs and outputs, and those at unobservable scales.

SCI.SEP3 Students plan and carry out investigations, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

SCI.SEP4 Students analyze and interpret data, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

  • SCI.SEP4.A Analyze and Interpret Data

    • SCI.SEP4.A.m Students extend quantitative analysis to investigations, distinguishing between correlation and causation, and basic statistical techniques of data and error analysis. This includes the following:

      • SCI.SEP4.A.m.1 Construct, analyze, or interpret graphical displays of data and large data sets to identify linear and nonlinear relationships.

      • SCI.SEP4.A.m.2 Use graphical displays (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, and tables) of large data sets to identify temporal and spatial relationships.

      • SCI.SEP4.A.m.3 Distinguish between causal and correlational relationships in data.

      • SCI.SEP4.A.m.4 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for explanations of phenomena.

      • SCI.SEP4.A.m.5 Apply concepts of statistics and probability (including mean, median, mode, and variability) to analyze and characterize data, using digital tools when feasible.

      • SCI.SEP4.A.m.6 Consider limitations of data analysis (e.g., measurement error), and seek to improve precision and accuracy of data with better technological tools and methods (e.g., multiple trials).

      • SCI.SEP4.A.m.7 Analyze and interpret data to determine similarities and differences in findings.

      • SCI.SEP4.A.m.8 Analyze data to define an optimal operational range for a proposed object, tool, process, or system that best meets criteria for success.

SCI.SEP5 Students use mathematics and computational thinking, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

SCI.SEP6 Students construct explanations and design solutions, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

SCI.SEP7 Students engage in argument from evidence, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

  • SCI.SEP7.A Argue from Evidence

    • SCI.SEP7.A.m Students construct a convincing argument that supports or refutes claims for either explanations or solutions about the natural and designed world. This includes the following:

      • SCI.SEP7.A.m.1 Compare and critique two arguments on the same topic. Analyze whether they emphasize similar or different evidence and interpretations of facts.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.m.2 Respectfully provide and receive critiques about one's explanations, procedures, models, and questions by citing relevant evidence and posing and responding to questions that elicit pertinent elaboration and detail.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.m.3 Construct, use, and present oral and written arguments supported by empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon or a solution to a problem.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.m.4 Make an oral or written argument that supports or refutes the advertised performance of a device, process, or system. Based the argument on empirical evidence concerning whether or not the technology meets relevant criteria and constraints.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.m.5 Evaluate competing design solutions based on jointly developed and agreed-upon design criteria.

SCI.SEP8 Students will obtain, evaluate and communicate information, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

  • SCI.SEP8.A Obtain, Evaluate, and Communicate Information

    • SCI.SEP8.A.m Students evaluate the merit and validity of ideas and methods. This includes the following:

      • SCI.SEP8.A.m.1 Critically read scientific texts adapted for classroom use to determine the central ideas, to obtain scientific and technical information, and to describe patterns in and evidence about the natural and designed world(s).

      • SCI.SEP8.A.m.2 Clarify claims and findings by integrating text-based qualitative and quantitative scientific information with information contained in media and visual displays.

      • SCI.SEP8.A.m.3 Gather, read, and synthesize information from multiple appropriate sources and assess the credibility, accuracy, and possible bias of each publication. Describe how they are supported or not supported by evidence and evaluate methods used.

      • SCI.SEP8.A.m.4 Evaluate data, hypotheses, and conclusions in scientific and technical texts in light of competing information or accounts.

      • SCI.SEP8.A.m.5 Communicate scientific and technical information (e.g., about a proposed object, tool, process, or system) in writing and through oral presentations.